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Hi, this is a thread for all questions, advice or opinions on Batman trade collections or monthly series'. If you've never read a Batman comic in your life; or if maybe you've read a few and are wondering where to go next; if you're interested in picking up the monthly comics (which are pretty cool right now) or just looking for general recommendations, begin here. And with that...
The best Batman trades for new readers...
^ this is them!
Year One / The Long Halloween / The Killing Joke
The Dark Knight Returns / Hush / Batman & Son
Pretty much every Batman fan here was introduced to the character through movies and TV. Then one day we picked up a comic book and fell into a deeper, richer, crazier Gotham City with a history stretching back to 1939. Interested? I think you are. But what the hell am I supposed to read first?
Fortunately there is a standard answer to this question, ask around and you'll see the same four or five comics invariably referred to as the classics, the bedrock of the lore, best primers on the continuity, or simply just essential reading when it comes to Batman on the page. The value of these particular comics to new readers is one thing we can pretty much all agree on ---> see the results of the Batman Beginner trades poll, or even the Further Reading section in the back of most Batman trade editions (actually I'll save you the trouble - the comics suggested in the back of DC's own trades are the exact same ones that came up top in the poll, which are displayed above ). Any questions about these books feel free to ask in the thread. Enjoy.
What do you mean by trades?
There are two basic formats for reading comics - singles and trades. Singles are the thin 24 page "floppies" published once a month - many fans prefer reading in this format simply because it's more exciting following a story in real time, anticipating the next events and waiting for a new issue.
Trades are a catch-all term for a variety of “thicker” formats, short for trade paperback and often confused with a Graphic Novel. A trade collects a sequence of single issues; for instance Batman 404-407, originally published in 1986 is now available in trade as Batman: Year One. A graphic novel is a self contained original story that was never released in singles, for example The Killing Joke was first published in 1988 as 46 page standalone “one-shot”.
Trades are perfect for discovering past story lines and classic lore, or for getting up to speed with current events.
If you're looking for...
Darker or more "mature" Batman stories, try
The Dark Knight Returns / Arkham Asylum: A Serious House / The Killing Joke / Joker / The Black Mirror
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
Year One / The Long Halloween / The Killing Joke / Gotham Central: Unresolved Targets (featuring the Joker) / Gotham Central: Half a Life (featuring Two-Face) / Joker
Similar to The Animated Series
Mad Love / The Long Halloween / Batman & The Monster Men / Batman: Ego & Other Tails / Hush / Batman: Detective /
Older comics (Silver Age or Pre-Crisis)
Tales of the Demon / Strange Apparitions / Batman Illustrated by Neil Adams / Tales of the Batman by Gene Colan
The Grant Morrison Batman run, 2006 to current
Batman & Son / The Black Glove / Batman R.I.P. / Batman Reborn / Batman VS Robin / Time and the Batman / The Return of Bruce Wayne / Batman Must Die / Batman Incorporated